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Local players qualify for U.S. Amateur Championship

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published July 22, 2016

 Shelby Township’s Brad Bastion tees off at the U.S. Amateur qualifier July 18 at Oakland University. Bastion won the event and is headed to the championship Aug. 15-21 at Oakland Hills Country Club.

Shelby Township’s Brad Bastion tees off at the U.S. Amateur qualifier July 18 at Oakland University. Bastion won the event and is headed to the championship Aug. 15-21 at Oakland Hills Country Club.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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METRO DETROIT — The best amateur golfers in the world are taking the fairways of Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield  Hills Aug. 15-21 for the U.S. Amateur Championship, and there are a handful of local players who have made the field.

At the qualifier July 11 hosted by Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield, Shelby Township’s Anthony Sorentino earned a spot after finishing third in the tournament with 142 over 36 holes.

At the July 18 qualifier at Katke-Cousins Golf Course in Rochester, Shelby Township’s Brad Bastion took medalist honors with a 142. Rochester Hills’ Jeff Champine also made the field, finishing second with 143.

Alternates for the championship include Farmington Hills’ Max Kollin and Commerce Township’s Tom Gieselman.

Maverick McNealy, the top-ranked amateur in the world, already has a spot reserved in the championship after advancing to the championship quarterfinal last season.

McNealy attends Stanford University and is a California native, but he’ll have some local knowledge from his caddy. His dad, Scott McNealy, attended Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood and played Oakland Hills growing up.

“He’s really excited to go back home and show me around his hometown growing up,” Maverick McNealy said via telephone during a championship press conference July 12 at Oakland Hills. “He’s told me it’s a hard golf course. We’re no strangers to the history of the place, and I’m really excited to get out there and play it for real. I’m interested to see what he thinks has changed or what he sees is different since he played.”

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